Mergers & Acquisitions

Authors United Absorbed by Authors Guild
December 8, 2016

In a letter, Authors United founder Douglas Preston urged AU writers “to throw their support behind the Authors Guild either by joining or making a contribution.”

Kuhn Project, ZSH Merge to Create Aevitas
December 2, 2016

In a letter sent out this morning, the leaders of the Kuhn Project and Zachary Shuster Harmsworth said that they are combining forces to form Aevitas Creative Management, a literary agency that will have over 20 agents and offices in three cities.

S&S to Acquire Adams Media
November 16, 2016 at 8:30 am

Simon & Schuster will acquire Adams Media, a nonfiction-focused publisher based in Avon, Mass., from F+W Media, according to a letter sent by S&S president and CEO Carolyn Reidy to staff on November 14. Adams Media's current v-p of books and content, Karen Cooper, will lead the Adams Media imprint at S&S as v-p and…

IDPF Members Approve W3C Merger
November 9, 2016 at 12:37 pm

Many in the USA are today talking of trying to heal the profound rift between partisans in the general election. And there’s a similar line of reconciliation coming from the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). The organization has announced that its membership components have approved IDPF’s absorption into the World Wide Web Consortium, W3C.

What the Amazon Acquisition of Westland Says About the Indian Publishing Industry
November 7, 2016 at 12:38 pm

Excitement of this kind is quite rare in the publishing industry. The last came a few years ago when Random House took over Penguin. And now this Amazon buyout of Westland has given the industry an interesting conversation beginner. Amazon had signaled their intent in February this year when they acquired minority stake in Westland…

Why the IDPF Should Reject the Merger with the W3C…
October 25, 2016 at 12:39 pm

While I initially thought the merger was a good idea, as a outside participant in the W3C-IDPF DIGIPUB-IG Portable Web Publications (PWP) project, I have first-hand exposure to the significant dangers this merger poses to the future of offline publishing. It is clear that the IDPF entered into this arraignment with the W3C before fully…

Readerlink Buys Studio Fun Assets
October 19, 2016 at 1:00 am

Readerlink has acquired a range assets of Studio Fun, the children's publisher that had been known as Reader's Digest Children's Publishing.